There is an undeniable link between becoming a celebrity and starring on a reality tv show. There have been many firsts and many beloved favorites when it comes to reality tv but there are some of these stars who have taken fame to an all new level. Compiled is a list of the top 5 tv show reality stars turned famous and made celebrities. However, why some have risen to stardom just may shock you.
Who can forget about The Apprentice? Donald Trump, that awful comb over, and more importantly Omarosa. Although this reality tv diva has many accomplishments under her belt, including working for the Al Gore campaign, her stint in The Apprentice made her an instant star. Most well known for her villain like behavior, she appeared in two seasons of this reality show series. Omarosa had went on to do several reality tv shows and has been portrayed as a piranha in the media, gracing tabloids frequently. Currently this star struck reality tv star has returned to her roots in Ohio, where she is studying to become a doctor of the ministry.
The next reality show star turned famous is a high profile tv personality who has become increasingly popular. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, of The View made her initial debut on Survivor. After the season was over, she judged the Miss Teen USA pageant and became a hostess for the Style Network. However, Hasselbeck is better known for her conservative opinions and heated debates on The View, where she continues to fiercely hold up her opinions.
Another note worthy reality tv show star is Melissa Rycroft. This young sales representative from Dallas, Texas has appeared on CMT’s Dallas Cowboys: Making the Team and The Bachelor. After being jilted by Jason Mesnick, the then bachelor she competed on Dancing With The Stars to finish in 3rd place. This was not the end for this now former star. Not only has she been voted hot 100 of the year by Maxim, but was also People’s Magazine’s Worlds Most Beautiful People. Recently, she has announced her engagement to fellow insurance agent Tye Strickland.
Heidi Montag, aka Heidi Montag Pratt also started the path to fame by starting out in a reality tv show series, The Hills. Along with costar Lauren Conrad, she had become quite popular. However, this reality tv star isn’t well known for her kindness or beauty. Heidi and Spencer, better known as Speidi have appeared in other reality tv shows and is one of the most disliked of all of the reality show stars. Her fame has led to successful launchings of her own clothing lines, an interview with Al Roker, and Pratt has also posed for Playboy.
The biggest reality show tv stars turned celebrities, is Jon and Kate Gosselin. Jon and Kate Plus 8 started out as a family centered show about a family dealing with multiples. However, the last few seasons have turned sour. The duo has officially separated but still continue in the limelight with many critics. Both of the Gosselins, as well as their children are frequently showcased in tabloids, pictures, and other memorabilia.
For many celebrities, reality tv was their beginning. This seems to be the new trend in Hollywood, do a stint on reality tv and become an instant star. Even for those who haven’ t reached complete stardom, they have had their fair share of fame and cash.